A ribbon cutting ceremony has official marked the opening of Southampton Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), based at the Royal South Hants Hospital, in Brinton Terrace.
The UTC, which was previously a Minor Injuries Unit, now sees, on average, 166 patients a day and is open from 7.30am – 9.30pm weekdays and at 8am during weekends and bank holiday Mondays.
The centre provides fast, convenient and expert care for any NHS patient with a minor injury or illness that is not life or limb threatening.
Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “The aim of the UTC is to help relieve the pressure on A&E by being able to see and treat patients with a wide range of minor conditions.
“Our team of skilled UTC practitioners and GPs can offer treatment, advice and information for a range of minor injuries. Our waiting times can be considerably less than emergency departments and if we are unable to help, we can refer or direct you to the most appropriate service.”
UTC was officially opened by Tina Woodcock, Southampton CCG Primary Care commissioning development manager.
Dr Mark Kelsey, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City CCG said: “This is a really important service for our patients. The new Urgent Treatment Centre builds on the great service the Minor Injuries Unit was providing, but with even more support available for the whole family. This service is open seven days a week and you won’t need to make an appointment just turn up during the opening hours.”
If you are unsure if the UTC is the best place for you to be treated you can call 111, the NHS helpline, for guidance.